Are you experiencing chronic pain? If yes, then your physician might ask you to describe your pain. Without any obvious reason for pain, your physician needs more information such as the type of pain, location, intensity, and frequency of the pain to determine the underlying cause. The experts are trying to identify whether the pain is nerve pain (neuropathic) or nociceptive or both.
Best neurologist at MPCT hospital, Mumbai says identifying nerve pain can be tricky because all type of pain is experienced through the nerves. Nociceptive pain arises from the damaged tissues such as tendons, ligaments around bone joints or muscles. Nociceptors which are nothing but nerve receptors around the damaged tissue transmit a pain signal to the brain and this type of pain feels achy, sharp, throbbing or dull.
What is ‘nerve pain’?
The pain that feels more like stabbing, burning or shooting especially with numbness or tickling is likely to be neuropathic pain. It is also known as electric pain because it can cause a lightning strike type of pain. “If you are experiencing such kind of electric pain, this means you might have direct irritation or injury to a nerve”, says expert neurologist in Mumbai. He further said the underlying cause for nerve pain or electric pain can be diverse including multiple sclerosis, infections, diabetes, and the effect of trauma or chemotherapy. If it is an orthopedic issue, nerve pain usually arises due to a nerve being pinched by nearby ligaments, bones, and other structures.
He further explains, narrowing stenosis (spinal canal) or a herniated disk in the spine can put pressure on a nerve as it leaves the stenosis causing pain along the path of the nerve. When the affected nerve originates in the upper spine, symptoms might be felt in the arm, while if the pressed nerve is in the lower spine, the pain and other symptoms can shoot down a leg. In many cases, the brain does not receive a consistent signal due to compression of the nerve causing numbness or tingling. Inflation in the carpal tunnel can press the nerve; it can be another reason causing numbness and tingling in the thumbs and fingers.
Treating Nerve Pain:
Determining the underlying cause of your pain is very crucial to get the right treatment. There are various orthopedic ailments that overlap between pain arising from joint problems and nerves. All such conditions need a very discerning medical expert to do an accurate examination and diagnosis.
Eventually, getting the right treatment depends on the right diagnosis. For treating bone and joints conditions nondrug treatments are followed by pain management medications in some cases. However, nerve pain does not respond to medications used for nociceptive pain.
Best Neurology Hospital in Mumbai
We have world-class infrastructure & technology to treat all your neurology conditions & pain management. MPCT Hospital’s neurology department is led by the best neurologists in Mumbai renowned for his accurate diagnosis and expertise, along with sports medicine experts and a team of physiotherapists in Navi Mumbai. If you are suffering from undiagnosed pain don’t hesitate to get in touch with the neurology department at MPCT Hospital.